The composition has an interesting history that can be traced through the various published versions, and its oft-studied musical structure has ties to classical compositions. The copyright is dated February 27, and it was first published by Enoch Paris, France in Figure 1. First sheet music with words. Singer Cora Vaucaire was the first to sing it in public.
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The composition has an interesting history that can be traced through the various published versions, and its oft-studied musical structure has ties to classical compositions. The copyright is dated February 27, and it was first published by Enoch Paris, France in Figure 1. First sheet music with words. Singer Cora Vaucaire was the first to sing it in public. For four years, Yves Montand, whose name is invariably linked to the song, sang it with no success whatsoever; only in did he make it popular.
It took some time, however, for it to become a hit in America. Figure 2. Dutch sheet music. Mercer agreed — and soon forgot about it. Goldsen recalls: I waited a couple of months. Finally it had, like, three weeks to go, and no lyric. Pick me up and take me to the train station. I was delayed. I was fifteen minutes late, but we had time. While I was waiting, I wrote the lyrics. Tear came to my eyes. Everybody I played that song for flipped out.
Musical Analysis Over the years since its first publication, the composition has undergone several adjustments.
The following analysis adopts the usual G minor key. This pattern is then repeated three times, forming a descending sequence in stepwise motion. The piece is built on exemplary harmonic progressions and is often analyzed and played in jazz schools.
Verse and chorus use only two keys: G minor the main key and B-flat major. The chorus is one of the rare themes starting in the relative major of the ending key which is in minor the opposite is very common. In the B section, the process is reversed.
Below I have made a chord analysis showing the perfect harmonic balance in the first eight bars: the pivot chords help in getting a very smooth modulation on bars 4—5, and 8—9 when coming back to the second A section. Figure 3. The couplet verse and the chorus are in A minor. Note: This article uses interactive musical notation produced using Sibelius notation software. The Sibelius Scorch plug-in allows for musical notation to be displayed as well as heard.
Transcriptions are notated at concert pitch. The play button starts playback from the beginning. Clicking on any point in the notation starts the playback from that point. Key and tempo can be changed by the user. If you do not see the score, get the Scorch plug-in here. Example 4. The big surprise comes with the chorus: it does not start with a three note anacrusis, but instead the melody begins after the first beat of the first bar!
Example 5. Chord symbols have been added to the first two lines. Example 6. For the next printing, of small-format sheet music fig.
This change was kept and from then on it works perfectly. Later French sheet music. Example 8. Example 9. The same features can be found in my copy of the American sheet music published by Ardmore Music, with Roger Williams on the cover fig.
However, in the Australian version from J. Albert and Son fig. Figure American sheet music. Australian sheet music. Appearances in Films The song, originally written for the screen, was to be heard in almost a dozen films over the years. Sung again by Montand in Souvenirs perdus French, Hey Girl! The Cannonball Adderley recording is heard in The Score Performed by Strings Orchestra in High Crimes An earlier recording of his on September 13 was rejected.
The following list still does not approach completeness, as about different jazz versions exist.
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As the year progressed I was able to sing just about every note of the album. More time passed, as did my enjoyment of this recording, and I ended up ripping out the cassette deck and throwing it out the window. This is an important recording for jazz guitar! I believe there is value in learning to sing a solo. Pick a solo you like, listen to it enough so you can sing it with out ever picking up your instrument. When you have it in your head, pick up your instrument and try to play the solo.
Barney Kessel From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Noted in particular for his knowledge of chords and inversions and chord-based melodies, he was a member of many prominent jazz groups as well as a "first call" guitarist for studio, film, and television recording sessions. Kessel was a member of the group of session musicians informally known as the Wrecking Crew. Biography Kessel began his career as a teenager touring with local dance bands. The band members lovingly nicknamed him "Fruitcake" because he used to practice up to 16 hours a day. He then moved on to bands such as that led by Chico Marx. He quickly established himself as a key post- Charlie Christian jazz guitarist.